Carbon dioxide emissions in Spain 2000-2019

Spain has reduced significantly CO2 emissions over the recent years, falling from a high record of approximately 379 million metric tons of CO2 down to roughly 278.5 million metric tons in 2019. As the world watches how the ice sheets in the Arctic melt and the weather becomes more and more shifting, there is no denial of the fact that global warming is indubitably happening. Due to this, many countries have very ambitious emission curb plans in place for the years to come.

Greenhouse emissions in Spain

Spain has been particularly successful in reducing carbon emissions produced as a result of energy generation. Nonetheless, the energy sector is still responsible for most of the greenhouse gas emissions, but the country has managed to cut them down to approximately 244 million tons of CO2 equivalent in 2016, from a record high of nearly 344 million tons in 2005. Moreover, emissions from fuel combustion in manufacturing industries and construction saw an impressive 30-million-ton decrease, standing at approximately 41 million tons in 2016. Agriculture is also a source of greenhouse emissions, and although not as remarkable as with manufacturing and construction industries, the sector reduced around 4 million tons of CO2 equivalent with 34.4 million tons in 2016.

Spain’s attitude towards the environment

According to the latest surveys, Spaniards believe climate change and air pollution to be the most concerning environmental issues the country is currently facing. Environmental awareness is of utmost importance to fight climate change, since it helps understand why we need to protect and preserve the natural world in our everyday life. Awareness campaigns prompt the population to do their bit to protect the environment, for instance, by recycling household waste. However, Spain’s waste recycling habits haven’t really been improving over the last years and the recycling rate of municipal rate in the country stood at 33.5 percent in 2017.

Carbon Dioxide emissions in Spain from 2000-2019

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

2000 to 2019

Supplementary notes

According to the source, the carbon emissions in this statistic reflect only those through consumption of oil, gas and coal, and are based on standard global average conversion factors. This does not allow for any carbon that is sequestered, for other sources of carbon emissions, or for emissions of other greenhouse gases.
*Data prior to 2007 was collected from previous versions of this report.

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